Los Angeles Angels deliberately walk Texas Rangers’ Corey Seager in fourth inning with bases loaded

Los Angeles AngelsManager Joe Maddon ordered an intentional walk to keep the bases loaded in Friday's fourth inning against the Tigers. Texas RangersThis was a mistake that led to a rapid backlash.

Maddon came to the rescue, with the Angels trailing by 3-2 in Arlington, Texas. Austin WarrenBefore granting Rangers shortstop Corey SeagerFree base Charlie CulbersonTexas is now leading by two runs with a score of 3rd.

The next two at-bats saw a sacrifice fly followed by a balk, which brought in two more runs and put L.A. into a four-run hole. Before an inning-ending foulout, L.A. had already reached the end of the inning.

The Angels rallied for victory 9-6.

According to research by ESPN Stats & Information, Maddon's decision marked just the third time in the past 70 years that a player was intentionally walked with the bases loaded. He was also the manager at the time — it was 2008, when this happened. Tampa Bay RaysGrant Balfour reliever issued a Walk to Josh Hamilton The Arizona DiamondbacksIntentionally walked Barry Bonds with bases loaded in 1998.

Both of the previous bases-loaded intentional walks occurred with two outs during the ninth inning. When Bonds was walked by the Diamondbacks, they led by two runs. Hamilton was walked by the Rays.

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